Excitement was in the air at the first Innovation Expo on November 15, 2018, the largest event of it’s kind in Guelph! The expo celebrated over 100 innovative companies from across Ontario who leveraged federal funding through Innovation Guelph’s Fuel Injection or Bioenterprise’s Seed Funding programs. An energetic crowd enjoyed learning all about the many companies who exhibited at the event and hearing an unbelievable keynote address on disruption and purpose-driven businesses by celebrated speaker and social innovator, Jon Duschinsky.
Exhibitors shared their success stories, innovations and samples with over 600 attendees. The crowd was filled with aspiring entrepreneurs, angel investors, students, government representatives, media and many more people who are interested in the entrepreneurship ecosystem.
Greetings from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Minister Navdeep Bains each underscored the importance and value of helping entrepreneurs across Southern Ontario that have innovated across a variety of sectors, including Agri-Food, Agri-Tech, Manufacturing, Social Innovation, and Sustainable Technologies to develop, grow and export.
MP Lloyd Longfield, on behalf of Minister Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development took the stage to announce an extension to the FedDev Ontario investment of up to $2.28 million for Bioenterprise Corporation and Innovation Guelph and to continue collaboratively delivering programming to entrepreneurs and early-stage businesses.
Keynote speaker Jon Duschinsky addresses the crowd at the Innovation Expo
Guest Speaker Jon Duschinsky, Founder of bethechange – Social Impact Consultancy, fired up the crowd by talking about innovation stays within existing systems. He said we need to be disrupting the system and inventing new ones. Jon had the crowd create new business titles by asking them to scratch out what was on their own business cards and replace their titles with “CDO – Chief Disruption Officer” and make a pledge that if it’s not broken – we are to break it! He encouraged people to find NEW ways to keep up with the world and do good by the people around them.
Innovation Guelph would like to extend our sincere appreciation to all the exhibitors, attendees, sponsors and of course, to our partner Bioenterprise Corporation for helping us make the 2018 Innovation Expo such a huge success!